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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Jan. 27

Midsummer madness, camera breakthrough, what's in a name

By , Network World
January 27, 2012 12:36 PM ET
iPhone rumors

Network World - A Reliable Source emerges this week to whisper sweet nothings in the quivering ear of the iOSsphere. Expectations flame.

This week, Chinese worker bees are ready to flip the switch on iPhone 5 assembly lines and that tells us when Apple will release it; a breakthrough camera technology is so awesome it has to be in the Next iPhone; Apple execs ponder what's in a name; and a debate on buttons.

You read it here second.


"With this kind of technology, it's no wonder that analysts have imagined it being included on the iPhone 5." 
-- Michael Nace, The iPhone 5 News Blog, on why every technological breakthrough logically will appear in the Next iPhone.


iPhone 5 ready for production, due for summer launch

That's the word "from a reliable source at Foxconn in China," where the iPhone is assembled, according to Seth Weintraub, writing at 9to5Mac. The iPhone 5 is "gearing up for production."

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Mr. Reliable reveals that "various sample devices are also floating around (they vary slightly from one another), so it is impossible to tell which one will be the final." But later, Weintraub indicates that "various" apparently means "two."

Regardless, Mr. Reliable tells Weintraub that these samples:

+ have 4-inch or larger screen; 
+ are not teardrop-shaped but are "symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider);" 
+ nevertheless do not have the iPhone 4/4S form factor; 
+ and, "neither" one is the final version.

"]B]ut what is important to note here," notes Weintraub, "is that iPhone 4S production did not gear up until late spring of last year. If we follow patterns and give a five month-ish lead time, it would appear that Apple is back on its new iPhone launch for summer/WWDC pattern that it maintained until last year."

Incredibly, the headline at ITProPortal baptized Mr. Reliable, without any justification whatsoever, as an "official source."

Not everyone is as enchanted by Mr. Reliable as 9to5Mac. John Gruber, commenting in his Daring Fireball blog, had this to say:

"Seth Weintraub: We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.

"No it's not.

"No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).

"Longer and wider? Sounds like b******t. I can see Apple putting a bigger display on a device of the same size. I can't see them making a bigger device."

iPhone 5 will have such an awesome camera that we can't explain it

The iPhone 5 News Blog picked up on a general 9to5Mac story about Steve Jobs having a chat with the CEO of a cool startup, Lytro, that makes a camera using some far-out technology that neither blog seems to really understand, or at least explain.

"iPhone 5 enthusiasts are hearing more about Lytro camera technology," writes Michael Nace, of The iPhone 5 News Blog. "Will Apple equip the iPhone 5 with Lytro, or go with the new Sony camera sensor?"

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